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    Sound Check

    Although three of the four members of the North Miami Beach-based rock quartet Atomic Tangerine can't vote yet, or legally buy cigarettes or Lotto tickets, you can check the "baby face" comments and Hanson comparisons at the door. These guys can rock...

    by Brian Hyman on July 16, 1998
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    Short Cuts

    Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (Merge) Neutral Milk Hotel may make the world once again safe for altrock. In a subgenre that's glutted with formulaic grabs for the gold -- catchy guitar riffs, slack attitudes, irony-laced ...

    by Liesa Goins on July 9, 1998
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    The Band Played On

    The unrelenting glare of the hottest June on record pours through the clubhouse door framing the cloudless blue sky. It's still only morning, yet the temperature outside is nearly 90 degrees. So it's with irony that the somewhat unruly 19-piece big b...

    by Manuel Pila on July 9, 1998
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    Sound Check

    One minute, vocalist-guitarist Gary King is singing and strumming the kind of smooth grooves perfect for lovemaking. The next, he's expressing his funky, gritty side, a la the "Godfather of Soul," James Brown. Overall, King's repertoire is a seamless...

    by Brian Hyman on July 9, 1998
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    Sound Check

    Does anybody remember the good ol' days, when MTV videos were filled with lingerie-clad women driving sleek sports cars and hanging out with skinny, long-haired rockers? Bangtoy 69 sure does. Heavily influenced by '80s metal, the hard-rocking Ho...

    by Brian Hyman on July 2, 1998
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    Short Cuts

    Jim Lauderdale Whisper (BNA/BMG) After bouncing from Reprise to Atlantic to the Nashville indie Upstart, neocountry master Jim Lauderdale is back on a major label with an album that neatly summarizes the singer-songwriter's brilliant, if co...

    by David Simutis on July 2, 1998
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    Look Ma, One Hand

    Where Kevin Millard's right hand should be is something that resembles a seal with a guitar pick in its mouth. It is, in fact, the stub of his right forearm covered with four white tube socks and black electrical tape. Attached to the tape is an over...

    by Larry Getlen on July 2, 1998
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    Dwight Yoakam A Long Way Home (Reprise) Right in the middle of his fancy acting work in Sling Blade and The Newton Boys, Dwight Yoakam releases an album that reminds us what classic country music is really all about: dumping someone, gettin...

    by Theresa Everline on June 25, 1998
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    Tooting His Own Horn

    The Cuban saxophonist with the trim, salt-and-pepper beard announces from the stage at O'Hara's on a recent Monday night that he is going to serenade his young wife. "I have played many arrangements of this song, but I'm going to play it for my ...

    by Manuel Pila on June 25, 1998
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    Sound Check

    Where else but Boca Raton's Surf Cafe would you expect to find the funk-rock trio Camel Toe this Thursday night? "Surf This" -- a standout single on their self-titled debut CD -- is a two-and-a-half minute, surf-inspired romp that has J.P. Ferris' gu...

    on June 25, 1998
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    Sound Check

    With so many local venues showcasing the jump-swing-blues sound -- everyone from O'Hara's Pub and Jazz Cafe in Fort Lauderdale to Cafe Tu Tu Tango in Coconut Grove -- how is an uninformed patron supposed to know what's worth checking out? "We're...

    by Brian Hyman on June 18, 1998
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    Beatcrazy

    Arranca is Spanish for "uproot" or "tear out." It's also the name of a new South Florida band that tackles Cuban music -- and politics -- with the energy of old-school punk rock. The band's frontman and songwriter, Victor Garcia-Rivera, was arra...

    by Rafer Guzman on June 18, 1998
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    Short Cuts

    Sonic Youth A Thousand Leaves (DGC) Unlike any other album Sonic Youth has released in the last decade, A Thousand Leaves has met with surprisingly harsh criticism. What critics once saw as modernist lyrics, revelatory guitar tunings, and m...

    by Jonathan Lesser on June 18, 1998
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    Jerry's Kids

    A big, burly presence hovers near the bar at Sneakers Sports Grill in Hollywood on a recent Friday evening. The entity is invisible but unmistakable as B.O.B., a five-piece band formerly known as Britain On The Bay, plays songs by the Grateful Dead, ...

    by Larry Getlen on June 18, 1998
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    Smashing Pumpkins Adore (Virgin) The massive success of Smashing Pumpkins is positively uncanny -- MTV Video Awards, Grammy Awards, plaudits from Rolling Stone and Spin -- but in a decade with so few true rock stars, the band fills a void. ...

    by Brian Hyman on June 11, 1998
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    Act Locally, Dance Globally

    The booming voice of Bryon Patt is perfect for radio. It's energetic, crystal clear, and instantly likable, with the hint of a smile around the edges. Patt's voice has so much decibel-power that it carries well enough without the help of a transmitte...

    by Rafer Guzman on June 11, 1998
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    Beatcrazy

    To music buffs who remember the mid '70s as the age of long hair, African garb, and jazz-rock, the name Omar Mesa might ring a bell. Mesa played guitar with the group Mandrill, whose Afro-Cuban-fusion-rock gave Carlos Santana, War, and Earth, Wi...

    by Rafer Guzman on June 11, 1998
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    Sound Check

    If you're going to the Spice Girls concert Monday to witness an example of "Girl Power," you may be looking in the wrong place. A more suitable choice would be the folk duo Big Blue Sky. With Sue Crago singing lead and playing a crisp electric guitar...

    by Brian Hyman on June 11, 1998
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    Progressive Punks

    The punk rock genre has been getting a little formulaic lately. Various bigtime California bands -- Green Day, Rancid, Offspring, Bad Religon -- have basically laid down a blueprint consisting of boot-stomping rhythms and power riffs. But punk rock, ...

    by Adam St. James on June 11, 1998
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    Burnin' Down the House

    The slinky, swingin' rockabilly of the Hep Cat Boo Daddies emerges from the open door of the Poor House in Fort Lauderdale on a recent Saturday night, drawing the attention of passersby. What is this mutant strain of full-throttle surf-blues? It soun...

    by Manuel Pila on June 4, 1998
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